North East Lincolnshire Council

Pet shop ban for trader found selling animals without a licence

A man has been banned from keeping a pet shop after pleading guilty to selling animals without the proper licence in place.

Damien Winkle, 37, of Sanner Street in Hull, pleaded guilty to the offence under the Pets Animals Act 1951 at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court.

Officers from North East Lincolnshire Council’s licensing team brought the prosecution after finding that Winkle had been selling animals from two shops in Freeman Street.

He admitted selling animals including reptiles in interview from the shops DnK’s Reptiles and Reptiles To Go.

Winkle was disqualified from keeping a pet shop for five years, fined £320 and ordered to pay costs of £120 plus a victim surcharge of £32. He told the court he had no intention of going back into the pet shop business.

Cllr Hazel Chase, portfolio holder responsible for public protection at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “Anyone who sells pets as a business must have a licence in place to trade.

“This helps us make sure the animals are kept in the correct conditions, they are cared for properly and steps are taken to prevent the spread of disease.”

If you suspect someone is selling pets without a licence, please contact the licensing team by email at or call 01472 326299 (option 2).

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